Leadership

U.S. TEAM

Margaret Lewis, Founder and President

When she was a child, Margaret began dreaming about traveling to foreign lands—a liftetime later her journeys have taken her to more than 60 countries around the globe.

After traveling the world leading tour groups, volunteering at work camps and visiting mission fields, she eventually landed in Kenya. Beginning in 1996, she volunteered at Kima International School of Theology (KIST) and later started Village Project Africa in 2006. Margaret holds a master’s degree in Library Science from the University of Kentucky. Additionally, she has been a pastor’s wife, Associate Director of Tri-S (International Education) at Anderson University, and a graduate of Asbury College.

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Jamie Stone, Director of Development

jamie@villageprojectafrica.org

In the spring of 2012, Jamie Stone took early retirement from her banking career, where she had worked solely with not-for-profit organizations. Jamie loves international travel, but she hadn’t felt a specific desire to travel to Kenya, and had only been on one mission-oriented trip. However, her friend was taking a mission trip to Kenya in the summer of 2012 and urged Jamie to join her.  During that trip, Jamie instantly fell in love with the Kenyan people, the village of Makutano, and the undeniable evidence that God is at work there.  Jamie knew she wanted to get involved with the work she saw happening, and decided to join Margaret and the volunteer staff of Village Project Africa to serve as Director
of Development.

Susie Casey, Director of Finance and Administration

susie@villageprojectafrica.org

After hearing stories about Village Project Africa for over a year, Susie decided to join her dad on a trip to Makutano, Kenya in the summer of 2013.  During that trip, she fell in love with the people of Makutano and the incredible work God is doing their village. Upon returning home, she continued praying for a way to get re-involved in missions since stepping away from a previous role in Jamaican mission work years earlier.  Nearly three years after that trip to Makutano, God answered her prayers.  He used the many years of experience she’s had in her tax and accounting career to fill the position of Director of Finance.
Susie enjoys travel and has a heart for authentic mission work, but never dreamed God would put them together in a remote village in Kenya . . . but she’s glad he did, all because a child there needs to know Jesus’ love.

Mary McDaniel, Director of Sponsorship Program

mary@villageprojectafrica.org

Mary became involved with Village Project Africa in November of 2011 when she decided to sponsor a child. Her desire was to one day go and meet her sponsored boy. She made her first trip to Makutano in the summer of 2012 to meet her child, and she fell in love with the children and staff of Heritage Academy. She has been involved with VPA as the bags and beads coordinator since 2013. Mary has been involved in working with the children that are sponsored on each of her trips. She is excited about joining the team as a volunteer. Mary is a graduate of Anderson University.

Nyle Kardatzke, Director of Educational Services

Nyle’s interest in Africa began when he joined the Peace Corps and taught in a public school in Eritrea, then part of Ethiopia, from 1962 to 1964. That experience was the defining episode of his adult life, leading him to study economics.  After earning his PhD in economics and serving as a university professor, he became head of a private independent school in Wisconsin. That experience was the start of a career in private school management that spanned from 1978 to 2006.

In 2011, Nyle became actively involved with Village Project Africa, and made three trips to Kenya in 2012. He now serves as an advisor to Heritage College, the teacher training program, and
has provided consulting for the administration and faculty of Heritage Academy.

Board Members:

Margaret Lewis, President
Steve Meyer, Vice President (Midwest Energy Partners, LLC)
Karen Wilson, Secretary (retired teacher)
Charles Wanner, Treasurer (Methodist pastor)

AFRICA TEAM

Davis Otieno Reuben, Program Director

Davis began his connection with Village Project Africa with the little that he had to give – a dream, a small house, a salary of less than $2 per day, and lots of hard work.

Davis is a graduate of Kima International School of Theology (KIST) where he earned a theology degree. Davis has worked as a telephone repairman in Nairobi and also served on staff at KIST. Both places gave him the necessary training for directing the program in Makutano. In the last several years, Davis has witnessed exponential growth from his investment. He continues to be amazed by God’s gifts as the program moves forward! Davis heads up CHERSCENT (Community Health Education and Resource Centre), the Kenyan organization that VPA works with to provide services in Makutano.

 

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